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Tenenbaum won’t seek new term as consumer agency chief

Staff Report
Published Feb. 28, 2013

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum said Thursday she will not seek renomination when her term expires in October.

Tenenbaum is a resident of Lexington County and served two terms as South Carolina superintendent of education. She was appointed to the consumer protection agency by President Obama in 2009.

Inez M. Tenenbaum
Inez M. Tenenbaum
In an address at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s annual meeting, Tenenbaum said she will stay on as chairman until the president nominates a successor and the nominee is confirmed by the Senate.

"So many qualified, deserving people have wanted to serve in the president administration — and he chose me. For the rest of my life, I will be grateful to President Obama for nominating me to be chairman of the CPSC and for giving me the opportunity to serve in his administration," Tenenbaum said.

Tenenbaum has been active in leading international efforts on consumer product safety. She participated in bilateral and trilateral safety summits with China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico. And the agency under her leadership trained 17,000 executive, quality control and manufacturing professionals throughout Asia.

The consumer agency promotes production of safe consumer products and the development and implementation of safety standards for manufacturers, which focuses on safety early in the supply chain and helps prevent hazardous products from entering consumer markets in the first place.

The agency also participates in the development of voluntary safety standards, issues mandatory safety rules, trains industry stakeholders on regulatory requirements and hazard identification best practices, and engages foreign product safety regulators and foreign manufacturers to reduce production of unsafe consumer products that could enter the U.S. market.

The agency has also focused on implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

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